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Brian_Smith | 05 Apr 2010 | 3 comments

In the link below, Microsoft announced plans to discontinue Itanium support after Windows Server 2008 R2, SQL Server 2008 R2, and Visual Studio 2010.  Their mainstream support will end mid-2013 and extended support in mid-2018.

This should not come as a surprise.  Circa 2008, Backup Exec and NetBackup forecasted this event.  Backup Exec discontinued IA64 support in their BE 12 release.  NetBackup discontinued support for IA64 master/media servers with the release of Windows Server 2008; only NetBackup IA64 client is available for WS2008.  It's likely that NetBackup 7 will continue to support the IA64 client through Microsoft's lifecycle.  However, it may eventually ...

Brian_Smith | 25 Feb 2010 | 4 comments

As you may have heard from VMware, the end is near for their VMware Consolidated Backup product, or VCB.  It has been superseded by a new technology called vStorage APIs for Data Protection, or VADP.  See their posting at

In NetBackup 6.5.1, we introduced "NetBackup for VMware" which requires VCB from VMware.  The VCB requirement remains in all later NetBackup 6.5.x releases.  There are no plans to support VADP in NetBackup 6.5.

In NetBackup 7, which is now available, we support both VCB and VADP.  In fact, we support mixed environments of both, which recognizes that customers do not likely upgrade all ESX servers at once.

There is even more good news: you do not need to upgrade to "vSphere 4" to leverage VADP (but vSphere is...

TimBurlowski | 25 Feb 2010 | 3 comments

When I think about excellence in data protection environments, I find myself talking more about process in the environment that the tools that people use. Once a company has made basic investments in staff and infrastructure, getting to the point where you can deliver services with reliability and confidence is often about simple repeatable practices.

When I speak with customers I am sometimes surprised when people have no strategy for simply questions like, "What files aren't backed up and are they important?"

In the past sometimes it seemed difficult to get a simple answer to questions like that. It's not the case anymore. In NetBackup 7, with our release of OpsCenter, you have the ability to easily report on skipped files in your environment. OpsCenter is available on the NetBackup DVDs and has a very simple integrated installation process. It also is available at no extra charge for the basic operational capabilities. An example of that would be the...

TimBurlowski | 22 Feb 2010 | 3 comments


I can't decide if this is an Easter Egg or simple serendipity. Thanks for one of my peeps on twitter who follows @NetBackup.

I promise to go back to providing useful information in my next post.

TimBurlowski | 21 Feb 2010 | 0 comments

NetBackup 7 has shipped.

If you have you have ever been involved in the release of a non-trivial market leading software application the scale and scope of NetBackup you know we've all been very busy the last few months getting everything ready for you.
I've seen a lot of NetBackup releases but the level of excitement about this release is higher than I've ever seen.
Why are we so excited? It's a combination of the right features and a high level of confidence in our the way that we engineered the latest features.
What's right about the features?  
When it comes to features you have to know the flagship feature of this release is deduplication. As we survey our customers it's apparent that a good percentage of our customers have already moved to using disk backup and more are thinking about doing it everyday. We've been able to write to...
TimBurlowski | 22 Jul 2009 | 7 comments

There is a new technote entitled "Best Practices for using Storage Lifecycle Policies in NetBackup 6.5.3 and 6.5.4". This essential document, authored by engineering, support and product management, documents best practices, and is based on consolidated information obtained from real world experiences.

If you are planning to implements SLPs or already have, becoming familiar with the suggestions in the documents will allow you to both tune your systems for your workload and gain insight into the current state of your lifecycles.

If you aren't familiar with Storage Lifecycle Policies, also known as SLP's, they are one of the more innovative approaches I've seen in the last few years for to allow a user to describe a life cycle for a backup data, without creating complex nests of overlapping schedules. If you aren't familiar with SLPs you can read more in the white paper entitled,...

Joe Pfeiffer | 18 Jul 2009 | 0 comments

 I really like comparing personal backup to enterprise backup. When I first started working in the world of storage my head was swimming with tape drives, storage arrays and the ridiculous number of acronyms our industry loves to use. I didn't even back things up at home. So to dive in to my new job I went out and built a RedHat machine and installed the NetBackup 5.1 beta so I could start protecting my other 2 machines. Probably over kill but it let me play around and learn the product. Eventually I eased up and started using Norton 360 with a portable hard drive. This was way more simple to use and I've actually had it save me a couple of times recently when I was trying out the Windows 7 beta's and deleted the wrong partition (ops, no more 500GB media drive). I slept a little better at night knowing that I had a second copy of my data. And growing up in the digital age, I don't have a single picture, video or music file that is not on a machine.

About 6...

Pravs | 17 Jul 2009 | 1 comment

from last one year, I have seen lots of folks (with in and outside organization) asking me about NODirectSDR registry entry or I have suggested them to use it to resolve lots of problems with flashbackup for windows policy type backups. I will get some time to post an article on that and usage info. I will update the link here as well.

Joe Pfeiffer | 09 Jul 2009 | 0 comments

 Yesterday I was talking with a Symantec user about the decisions you have to make when picking how to recover from a failure.  Like most companies they had a whole slew of options from clustering and high-availability, to replication, snapshots and tape.  Most people we talk with have some idea of the amount of time they can tolerate to get back up from a failure and the amount of data they are willing to lose but these two things (time and data lost) are more related than most people think and this user especially understood that...particularly when it comes to applications.  It really is one of the biggest problems applications have when you try to back them up.   They have to be stopped or paused since some data may be in memory or logs that haven't been fully written to disk.  So most backup apps have a "hot backup" mode or quiesce (I can never spell that word) that lets you flush the application out so it can be backed up in a known...

TimBurlowski | 09 Jul 2009 | 0 comments

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I snuck this screenshot out of the development labs for those people who have to see it to believe it.

Symantec is Deduplication
Forward-looking Statements: Any forward-looking indication of plans (like this screenshot) for products is preliminary and all future release dates are tentative and are subject to change. Any future release of the product or planned modifications to product capability, functionality or feature are subject to ongoing evaluation by Symantec, and may or may not be implemented and should not be considered firm commitments by Symantec and should not be relied upon in making purchasing decisions.